Title: Background qualitative analysis of the European Reference Life Cycle Database (ELCD) energy datasets – Part I: Fuel datasets
Authors: GARRAIN DanielFAZIO SIMONEDE LA RUA CristinaRECCHIONI MARCOLECHÒN YolandaMATHIEUX FABRICE
Citation: SPRINGERPLUS vol. 4 p. 151
Publisher: SPRINGER SCIENCE AND BUSINESS MEDIA DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC91323
ISSN: 2193-1801
URI: http://www.springerplus.com/content/4/1/151
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC91323
DOI: 10.1186/s40064-015-0915-9
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this study is to identify areas of potential improvement of the European Reference Life Cycle Database (ELCD) fuel datasets. Methods: The revision is based on the data quality indicators described by the ILCD Handbook, applied on sectorial basis. These indicators evaluate the technological, geographical and time-related representativeness of the dataset and the appropriateness in terms of completeness, precision and methodology. Results: Results show that ELCD fuel datasets have a very good quality in general terms, nevertheless some findings and recommendations in order to improve the quality of Life-Cycle Inventories have been derived. Moreover, these results ensure the quality of the fuel-related datasets to any LCA practitioner, and provide insights related to the limitations and assumptions underlying in the datasets modelling. Conclusions: Giving this information, the LCA practitioner will be able to decide whether the use of the ELCD fuel datasets is appropriate based on the goal and scope of the analysis to be conducted. The methodological approach would be also useful for dataset developers and reviewers, in order to improve the overall DQR of databases.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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